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"One of the things that comes with mainstream success is that people are going to love what you do. But there are also a lot of people who take shots at what you do, people who just don't get what it is you do. Here you've written with Dylan. You've written rock 'n' roll, country, and rap. You've sung with Ray Charles, Pavarotti... You kind of have to be so grateful about the long list of victories and for the mountains you've climbed that you have to look down from.

"Before you get famous, you don't take heat from anybody. Your rent checks are bouncing; you're a starving artist in a blues band. When I started recording pop ballads, I learned to take the knocks.

"This happens in every great career. They use you to set up a joke in a film. But did I mention that I recorded with Ray Charles and wrote with Bob Dylan? Seriously, I'm pretty cool." Jean CareyGo for Gold

It's raining in New York City — buckets — for the second day in a row. Basements are flooding. Subways are flooding. LaGuardia closes down for a time, and the name Noah is on the tip of more than one tongue. And yet, the main room at the Knitting Factory is packed, sold out for the second of six consecutive nights leading up to the release of the Bouncing Souls' umpteenth album, The Gold Record, which was released on (big surprise) 6/6/06. But before the veteran punk poppers took the stage, Outtakes talked to drummer Michael McDermott about a variety of hot-button topics — Mountain Dew vs. Cherry Coke, eating Ramen noodles with Heinz 57 sauce, and the celebratory pint of Häagen-Dazs coffee ice cream McDermott downed the previous night. Oh, and music was discussed too.

Outtakes:What's the best thing about playing on the Warped Tour?

McDermott: Fucking everything. The downfall is you only play a half-hour. That's the only thing. And it's really not even bad, because everybody gets a half-hour, so there's no favoritism. And that being said, every other part of the day is cool. I mean, it's dusty, it's hot. It's in the middle of East Jabip most days, so you can't just go into town and go shopping and have fun. You make your own fun. You're in Bus Land. Everybody sets up their own little tent. It's a big fricking party. Everybody turns into best friends within weeks. It's a great thing.

What do you get homesick for while you're gone? I mean, you're not eating coffee ice cream every day.

Oh yeah you can. Sure.

Really? You can get Häagen-Dazs coffee ice cream in East Jabip?

No, the night before, you know, your bus is stopping somewhere to get some gas, and it's usually one of those Flying J's, one of those good ones, so you go in, get stocked up, get what you want.

What record have you listened to more than any other in your life?

Right before Jimmy Eat World's Bleed American came out, it was still actually called Bleed American, because after 9/11, all those records, they're just called Jimmy Eat Worldnow. But that record. For some reason, I listened to that record over and over again. I mean, just for many different reasons, from happiness to like sadness. Like the last week of my mother's life, I would go to the hospital every day and listen to a song off that record. Driving to her grave, you know, I listened to that song. I chose not to ride in the limo. I said, no, I'm going to ride in my car, smoke a bowl, and listen to that song. I don't want to sit in a limo. I'll cry. It affected me, but music, you know. I needed a soundtrack to my life at that point. Rob Trucks

The Bouncing Souls perform as part of the Van's Warped Tour on Saturday, June 24, at Bicentennial Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets cost $29.75 to $32. Visit www.ticketmaster.com.

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